Here’s the scene as I put the finishing touches on this article: It’s snowing outside, the fireplace is blazing and the entire day has felt generally frigid. This was especially evident while I was waiting outside for my son to come home on the school bus, completely annoyed with the bus driver for being 15 minutes late. The reality is that it wasn’t late at all, but the winter wind sure made it seem that way. In fact, as soon as I got back inside the house, I jumped on the internet and started looking up airfare prices to Aruba in a vain attempt to feel a little optimistic. It didn’t work.
What did work was what I did next. I looked at the weekend forecast and saw sunny skies and fifty degree weather coming our way. Suddenly, I was smiling with the realization that I could queue up plans for a weekend outdoor hike with the family.
I started thinking about where we should go. Remembering that leaves have fallen from the majority of trees, the idea of getting to a place where I could peek above those trees and see for miles had some appeal. And one of the best places for that in Metro Boston is Noanet Woodlands.